[LESS INFO] 83 VIEWS | ADDED 07:49:14 02/11/09
The "Spoils Of War" production team - legal representative John Breglio, press representative Joshua Ellis, producer Robyn Goodman, producer David Mirvish, and general manager Peter Neufeld - discuss transferring the play from not-for-profit Second Stage Theatre off-Broadway to a $1.5 million commercial Broadway production.
[LESS INFO] 66 VIEWS | ADDED 10:14:07 02/04/09
With more than 200 years of combined theatre experience among them, our guests - stage veterans Philip Bosco, John Cullum, Marian Seldes and Carole Shelley - discuss the breaks that got each of their careers started; how they handle the situation on stage when they or their co-stars forget their lines; how they feel about serving as understudies; the audition process; their successes and failures; and they share stories of working with such other legends as Sir John Gielgud, Joseph Papp, Morris Carnovsky, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Geraldine Page, George Cukor, Myron McCormick and Ruth Gordon. "Stage Veterans 2009" also includes a short tribute to the late Robert Prosky, who appeared on the prior "Stage Veterans" edition of "Working in the Theatre" in 2005.
[LESS INFO] 68 VIEWS | ADDED 14:54:54 01/28/09
The panel of Broadway actors - Joan Allen ("The Heidi Chronicles"), Ed Asner ("Born Yesterday"), Philip Bosco ("Lend Me A Tenor"), Pauline Collins ("Shirley Valentine"), Nancy Dussault ("Into The Woods") and Madeline Kahn ("Born Yesterday") - talk about the first time they fell in love with performing, auditions, how their careers have evolved, and the difference in stage and film work.
[LESS INFO] 60 VIEWS | ADDED 09:36:25 01/22/09
The creative teams of "Legs Diamond": director Robert Allan Ackermam, playwright Harvey Fierstein, and choreographer Alan Johnson, "Paul Robeson": playwright Phillip Hayes Dean and director Harold Scott, and "Spoils of War": director Austin Pendleton and playwright Michael Weller -- discuss their productions, and how they began their careers in theatre.
[LESS INFO] 58 VIEWS | ADDED 14:09:37 01/14/09
In a broadcast devoted to an in-depth look at one Broadway show, our guests are the creative team behind "Shrek The Musical" -- Book writer and Lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire, Producer Bill Damaschke, Director Jason Moore, Producer Caro Newling and Composer Jeanine Tesori. Highlights of the discussion centered on how the team was chosen; the development process that led "Shrek" to Broadway; how material from both the book and movie guided them in shaping the musical; how they approached taking the story to another level; striking a balance in making the show appealing to both children and adults; what they used, or didn't use, from producers' notes; and some of the technical "secrets" used to create the musical.
[LESS INFO] 64 VIEWS | ADDED 11:23:14 01/07/09
Director Pamela Berlin ("Steel Magnolias", "Crossing Delancey"), playwright Cindy Lou Johnson ("Brilliant Traces"), playwright/director Garson Kanin ("Born Yesterday") and playwright Wendy Wasserstein ("The Heidi Chronicles") discuss how they first got involved in playwriting and directing from other areas of writing and theatre, their first professional shows, and play development at Playwrights Horizons and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference.
[LESS INFO] 156 VIEWS | ADDED 09:53:03 12/31/08
Playwrights Horizons artistic director Andre Bishop, legal counsel Marsha Brooks, stage manager Roy Harris, advertising representative Mike Mones, and producer James Walsh discuss Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles" and its transfer to Broadway.
[LESS INFO] 106 VIEWS | ADDED 16:47:08 12/24/08
Stage performers Blair Brown ("The Secret Rapture"), Kevin Conway ("Other People's Money"), Beth Fowler and Bob Gunton from "Sweeney Todd", Pamela Payton-Wright and Tony Randall from "M. Butterfly", Vanessa Redgrave ("Orpheus Descending"), Elaine Stritch ("Love Letters"), and casting director Rosemarie Tichler talk about their chosen careers, how they got started in theatre, and the differences and challenges that audiences bring to each performance.
[LESS INFO] 96 VIEWS | ADDED 14:57:04 12/17/08
The production team of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" -- attorney John Breglio, advertising representative Nancy Coyne, general manager Barbara Darwall, press representative Joshua Ellis, and producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann -- talk about the steps taken in bringing Peter Hall's revival with actress Vanessa Redgrave to Broadway.
[LESS INFO] 127 VIEWS | ADDED 10:51:47 12/11/08
Our guests -- Jonathan Bank, Artistic Director of The Mint Theater, Sarah Benson, Artistic Director of Soho Rep., Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director of New Georges and David Van Asselt, Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater -- all share the distinction of running theatres that are quite different from Broadway...venues with 99 seats or under. They discuss their mission statements and how each of their companies got started; making sure they are able to balance new voices in playwriting with more established writers when choosing and presenting plays; how, instead of competing with one another, their companies serve as resources for each other; the wealth of material, and talent, available to them; who their base audiences are and marketing strategies for broadening that base; funding challenges, particularly in difficult financial times; the pros and cons of subscriptions for their companies; how pricing structure for their smaller theatres affects the bottom line; and their goals for expansion beyond their current theatre size.
[LESS INFO] 69 VIEWS | ADDED 11:00:23 12/03/08
The panel of performers -- Mark Linn-Baker ("A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"), John Cullum ("Show Boat"), Ann Duquesnay ("Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk"), Judith Ivey ("A Fair Country"), Donna Murphy ("The King And I"), Michael Nouri ("Victor/Victoria") and Daphne Rubin-Vega ("Rent") -- discuss how they auditioned for their current roles, and what education and training they received at the start of their careers.
[LESS INFO] 122 VIEWS | ADDED 09:45:17 11/26/08
The production team of "Master Class" -- producer Lewis Allen, producing associate Doris Blum, actress Karen Day Cody, press agent Bill Evans, casting director Alan Filderman, stage manager Dianne Trulock, and advertising representative Jim Weiner -- traces the show from its Montana workshop, to stagings in Philadelphia, L.A., and D.C., to opening in New York; how the creators, designers, and operatic cast were put together; developing the publicity and advertising campaigns including the casting of Zoe Caldwell's replacement Patti LuPone; and producing under the Broadway Alliance contract.
[LESS INFO] 78 VIEWS | ADDED 17:51:26 11/19/08
Composer Michael John LaChiusa, and directors Diane Paulus and Stephen Wadsworth have all worked in the once mutually-exclusive worlds of opera and theatre. They share their thoughts about the nature of each of these entertainment forms, how they differ and what they share; the use of amplification and how it affects productions in both opera and theatre; the so-called "American Idol" effect on musical performers; changes in training for opera singers; the differing scale - and manner - of pay; whether super-titles enhance or distract from opera performances; and the importance of the director's role and how it differs in theatre and opera.
[LESS INFO] 83 VIEWS | ADDED 16:49:57 11/13/08
The panel - director Melvin Bernhardt ("The Blues Are Running"), playwright David Henry Hwang ("Golden Child", "M. Butterfly"), composer Mary Rodgers ("Once Upon A Mattress"), playwright Nicky Silver ("Fit To Be Tied"), director David Warren ("Fit To Be Tied"), and choreographer Marlies Yearby ("Rent") - discuss how directors collaborate with playwrights, how actors may influence how a role is written, the purpose of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers union and Dramatists' Guild, and the panelists' individual education and training.
[LESS INFO] 84 VIEWS | ADDED 09:25:25 11/05/08
Daniel Jenkins, Lisa Kron and David Pittu - who have appeared both on stage and written works for the stage - talk about how they balance these dual roles; what they learn about being playwrights from their acting; where they get inspiration for their plays; how audiences help them enhance their performance as both actors and writers; whether or not it's more satisfying to act in a play they wrote; and their relationship with directors when they're performing the role of both playwright and actor.
[LESS INFO] 113 VIEWS | ADDED 09:44:00 10/29/08
Kate Burton ("Some Americans Abroad"), Tyne Daly ("Gypsy"), Tom Hulce ("A Few Good Men"), Robert Morse ("Tru"), Kathleen Turner ("Cat On A Hot Tin Roof"), and Irene Worth ("Sweet Bird Of Youth") talk about being a part of an ensemble cast, the difference between screen and stage, the stamina needed for stage performances, and how they got their start in performing.